Diploma in Computing (Level 4)

 U.K. Certified Diplomas Awarded by ATHE Course Discription

The ATHE Level 4 Diploma in Computing provides the opportunity to gain direct entry into a Bachelor’s Degree in the second year of University. The Level 4 Diploma will support your career choice in a range of sectors in the IT industry including programming, software engineering, network management, and E-commerce.

Why You Need To Learn

  • The Level 4 Diploma will explore key modules in-depth such as computer systems and software, systems analysis, and design and management information systems.
  • It is a foundational education in computing that will get you ready to progress into a University degree program and proceed to a profession in computing.
  • If you lack traditional entry qualification, this Level 4 ATHE Diploma will exempt you from units completed.
  • This is an OFQUAL regulated qualification that is recognized in the World and will let you pursue your higher education in a shorter duration.

The course will discuss all mandatory units extensively, and you will gain a firm knowledge of the fundamentals of computing.

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Eligibility Requirement

Age: 18 + Entry profile:

  • A GCE Advanced level profile with achievement in 2 or more subjects 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above or Grade 4 and above
  • other related levels 3 subjects
  • an Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency
  • other equivalent international qualifications

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Employment in computing/technology company

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Course Content

Learners must complete all 10 Mandatory units to archives the Level 4 diploma.

Human-Computer Interaction
Learners will develop an understanding of principles and models of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). They will evaluate existing HCI design and principles and use this to help them plan their own prototype user interface. They will formulate design documentation to plan an interface for a product. Learners will implement the plan to create a prototype. Learners will review and amend the prototype based on user feedback.

Management Information Systems
Learners will investigate different management information systems and evaluate the common features. They will analyze an existing information system in use by an organization. They will review records, observe performance and understand the legal and organizational requirements that apply to an information system. They will use their findings to recommend improvements to a management information system and they will present their findings to a client.

IT and Society
Learners will understand ethical, legal, and regulatory issues relating to IT. They will also understand the impact of IT on society.

Computer Programming
Learners will use different tools and techniques to design, implement and test programs, following the system life cycle. They will use an appropriate programming language and learn about the principles of good programming to enable them to create computer programs.

Computer Systems and Software
This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the integration of hardware and software components. Learners will explore how hardware serves specific computer processing functions and investigate the use of various software applications.

Relational Database Systems
This unit will develop learners’ understanding of database systems and data analysis and modeling. They will understand how normalization and functional dependency theory is used to design a relational database and how the client-server model is used.

Information Systems Theory and Practice
Learners will understand the benefits of using information systems to plan a project. They will use an information system to plan and implement an information systems project.

Systems Analysis and Design
Learners will be able to understand the systems development life cycle and the role of systems methodologies within the life cycle. Learners will be introduced to different fact-finding and problem-solving techniques and they will use these to analyze an existing system. They will recommend improvements and plan to implement these improvements for a client.

eCommerce Applications
Learners will learn about different eCommerce models and applications and how they can be used to develop eCommerce in a small business. They will research the stages involved in setting up eCommerce and they will use eCommerce applications to meet a client brief.

Software Engineering
Learners will gain an understanding of the need for software engineering and the different methods and techniques.